Say Yes

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My gala experience began by photographing Lang Lang’s conversation with the St. Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. External Affairs VP Adam Crane served as moderator at the theater in the new KDHX studios a block from Powell. The YO musicians were a rapt audience, with Lang Lang talking about his career–when an orchestra calls and asks if you can play a certain concerto, the answer is always yes, at least in the early years–and the importance of being an ambassador of the art form. He also talked about performing with the Gangnam Style guy.

Lang Lang and Adam Crane with Youth Orchestra
Lang Lang and Adam Crane with Youth Orchestra

In the evening was the big show, with dinner before and dancing after. Symphony Principal Flute Mark Sparks played some revelatory Bach, and Lang Lang did his phenomenal thing.

I must say of the entire organization, we did well. And when it was time to let loose, we partied like it was 1999.

Gala Prep Day 2

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The tent builders got to vertical on Tuesday, providing rafters for celebrants to hang from during Saturday’s Red Velvet Ball.

Gala installation on Delmar. Day 2.
Gala installation on Delmar. Day 2.

Gala Prep

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Some of you minimalist-art fans out there may think this is a photo of a giant Carl Andre installation. But no, it’s Gala week, which means the big tent is going up on Delmar. People will be dancing above this foundation on Saturday night.

Gala installation on Delmar. Day 1.
Gala installation on Delmar. Day 1.